Two Perquimans schools placed on lockdown after report of suspect sighting
The Perquimans Weekly
Friday, September 13, 2019
HERTFORD — Two Perquimans County schools were placed on lockdown Thursday following a report that an Elizabeth City man wanted on murder and other charges was in the vicinity.
The Perquimans County Sheriff’s Office said it received a tip that Caprie Anthony Paige, who is wanted in both Elizabeth City and Atlanta, was at a location outside the Winfall town limits.
As a precautionary measure, both Perquimans Central School and Perquimans Middle School were placed on a modified lockdown until the tip about Paige’s whereabouts was investigated, the Perquimans Sheriff’s Office said.
After an investigation determined the tip lacked merit, the lockdowns were lifted and normal school operations resumed, the sheriff’s office said.
Elizabeth City police confirmed Thursday that Paige, the subject of an intensive manhunt on Wednesday, is also a suspect in a Georgia homicide.
Paige, 22, of the 300 block of East Church Street, is wanted on homicide charges in Atlanta, Sgt. Eddie Graham of the Elizabeth City Police Department said.
Graham didn’t provide details about the Atlanta charges.
Police have been searching for Paige since Sept. 2, when he and another man, Khyree Dashaun Banks, 25, allegedly shot into an occupied vehicle on Edge Street.
No injuries were reported in the incident, but following an investigation police said they were seeking the two men on charges of discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle, discharging a firearm in the city limits and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.
The search for Paige intensified on Wednesday after police said they received a Crime Line tip that he was at the Traveler’s Inn motel off North Road Street. Before police could arrest Paige on outstanding warrants, however, he fled the motel.
Police searched for Paige in the heavily wooded swamp on the west side of North Road Street throughout the afternoon and early evening on Wednesday. Assisting with the search were state Highway Patrol troopers and deputies from Pasquotank, Camden, Perquimans, Gates, Chowan and Currituck counties, as well as correctional officers, firefighters, state wildlife officers and a PERT team consisting of 45 officers from different law enforcement agencies across the region.
City police also used the department’s drone to fly overhead and capture images of the area where police believed Paige to be. Also helping in the hunt were three K-9 units from area law enforcement agencies.
Police Chief Eddie Buffaloe said late Wednesday afternoon searchers believed Paige to be in a thickly wooded and swampy area near Parsonage Street Extended. Buffaloe suspended the search Wednesday evening, however, as night fell.
Graham said on Thursday that police were not aware of Paige’s location.
“We are continuing to follow up on leads in this case,” he said. “This is an ongoing investigation.”
Graham asked that anyone with information about Paige’s whereabouts to call the Elizabeth City Police Department at 252-335-4321 or Central Communications at 252-331-1500 or 911.
Please keep an eye on your surroundings and for Caprie Anthony Paige. He is considered to be armed and dangerous. If you come in contact with Paige, please call 911 or the Crime Line at (252) 335-5555.